Last year saw HAIM hit the big time around the world. Inclusion in all the ubiquitous best songs of 2013 lists for “The Wire”, a lauded performance on Saturday Night Live, and everyone knowing Este’s “bass face”, is all off the back of their critically acclaimed debut album Days Are Gone. We don’t know how else to put it, these girls are big. Our music editor, Trevor Risk, meets the trio, and finds they are the refreshing exception to the rule.
With the opening track on his new album Mission Accomplished called “As I Am in Tim Hortons, I Realize I Hate Tim Hortons”, it’s definitely safe to say that B.A. Johnston is the most unique and to-the-point musical artist out there. Armed with his facial hair and distinct, hilariously honest attitude, Johnston is releasing his ninth full-length album and once again doing an extensive Canadian tour, which runs until the end of November. ION’s Music Editor Trevor Risk chats to him and finds out more.
If you’re looking for run-of-the-mill house music, Trentemøller won’t be your thing. This Dane seems as though, at times, he surprises even himself. Lacking the fear to branch out and try something new and unexpected, has ended with a traditional DJ heading out on an arena tour, full live band in tow. We can’t wait to see where else he might go, and neither can he. We asked Jemayel Khawaja to speak to Anders Trentemøller about his influences, creative process, and where he draws the line.
We asked JJ Brewis to catch up with NYC’s primo noise-pop duo and discovers their ice cool reputation peels back to reveal two down-to-earth people, who want to make music that continually grows and develops, and means something not only to them, but also to their fans.
Steve Bays is a big time sound nerd. However, he’s also a big time legitimate rock star. The trajectory of his luminescent career arks from his days as the indie-rock-god-sex-panther-frontman of the internationally loved band, Hot Hot Heat, to his present, more laid back, life in his native Canada as a producer, mix engineer, writer, collaborator and overall all things music geek.
A lot has changed for Diamond Rings - the stage name for John O'Reagan's electro-pop creation - since the 2010 release of his first album Special Affections. Initially signed to Montreal's Secret City Records, John-O Was scooped up by EMI's Astralwerks and has been garnering some much deserved attention.
"Hello? Oh, hi...hi, so sorry to keep you waiting" says the dulcet, mellow, and refreshingly polite, tones coming through the crackly phone. I've been waiting 45 minutes to speak to him, but by the sound of his voice, James Mercer, 41, has been enjoying himself and I can't hold it against him. It's one of his days off in between shows and he's been riding bikes, and drinking wine, around the city of Roskilde, soaking up the sun and enjoying doing the festival rounds.
The files are in and we are now 10 days away from seeing issue number 80 hit the streets. To celebrate, we thought that we would give you a sneak peek at the guy who will be gracing our cover. Of course we are not going to show you his face, but if you can guess who it is you will win...nothing really, other than the awe of the ION team for your back-of-head recognition skills. Hint: it's simple.
Vancouver songwriter Christopher Smith has announced his sophomore full-length, Earning Keep, the follow up to his 2010 debut, The Beckon Call. The song "Pillars and Pyre" is the first single off of the album and we are very proud to have the Canadian exclusive of the video. Earning Keep finds Smith expanding upon his musical palette with more diverse instrumentation and expansive atmospherics.
As a recent macbook purchaser and being used to having a 10 year old del that still works/could survive a nuke it scares me that I still like to leave various bottles and cans around my laptop... having something trendy would at least alleviate some of the fear of it drowning in a sea of terrible demise through no fault of my own. :)